Good life tour of the Harn the connection of art and good life

Medium of the art / techniques of the artists: Now I am seeing The Art of Bullfighting by Goya, an outstanding cartoon etching platemark. In this image, Goya depicts the moment when the bull kills the man by pushing him on the ground. What I think is the most striking part of this work is its medium of printing and etching and its elaborate techniques. This exhibition introduces the printing and etching technology in 18th century. Before the copy machine, photography, and internet, the invention of the printmaking press serves as the way of mass production of texts and images to spread the knowledge, which is very revolutionary because it brought art and knowledge to a wider and broader public. This work connects the past to the present, contacting me from the 18th century. Even now I can still be amazed at the immediacy of the moment Goya depicted and the fierceness of the action. The work communicates to me what the bullfighting looked like that time and what kind of entertainment people had in the 18th century. Throughout the composition that put the main characters in the center and strong contrast of dark and light, I was initially captured by the bull and the dead body and felt it was very thrilling and bloody.

Design of the Museum: My favorite design of the museum is the Lorna Rubin Gallery with the theme: Mirror Mirror, portrait of Frida Kahlo. This exhibition arranges the artworks structurally and gracefully. As I walked into the galley the first image is the most renowned self-portrait of Frida Kahlo hanging on the blue wall. Most of the wall colors in this gallery are white and blue, which exaggerates the black and white photographs of Frida in a visual way. Also, the lighting in this area is great. It is warm but a little dark compared to other gallery, which neither gives a sense of crowdedness nor has a too strong feeling of melancholy, corresponding to the artistic temperament of Frida, meanwhile, allowing viewers to look at her images clearly. Apart from that, the photographs are arranged properly in the equal height of average vision that enables majority of people to appreciate the art easily. In terms of the space, this exhibition is pretty wide and gives viewers a broader vision to look around and casually walk around. Overall, I think the organization of this gallery very appealing and harmonious. I felt really comfortable walking around this area and appreciating the photographs of Frida.

Art and Core Values: City Blocks by Bertram Hartman appeals to my core value when I bumped into it the first time. This painting corresponds to my core values of hope and fear at the same time. Bertram Hartman is an American born artist who finished this work in 1929. The main subject matter of this work is America itself, or to be more accurate, is America in process. Overall, the tone of this painting is quite gloomy, although it has so-called warm colors, they are represented in a relatively darker way. In terms of the textures in this painting, they are very diverse. I took a closer look to the textures on the wall, they are wavy and vertical, grabbing the attention vertically. With regards of the composition of this painting, viewers can easily see how crowded the buildings are, referring to an ongoing great construction. Combing all the formal elements all together, the painting depicts a young country that is still being established, accompanied with endless hope and possibilities. Speaking about my core values, I define myself as a person who always believe in hope. No matter what happened to me, I hardly lost my mind. However, just as the painting embodies, its tones and composition give me an emotion of fear, reminding of my personal situation that I also have a great fear toward failure. This painting just strikes me so hard the first time I saw it because it even reflects my paradoxical personal core values. Luckily I can find a resonance from this work, which makes me better understand my belief and encourages me to embrace my fear and keep striving until I can be as strong and powerful as this nation.

Art and the Good Life: I find a good life theme from St. Jean's Bay by Leon Kroll creating in 1926. Without knowing the historical context, I initially thought this painting is similar to Pastoral Concert by Titian and Giorgione. Although they depicted completely different scenes, they actually take on the same feeling. This painting depicts a theme of good life by composing three young women resting on the seashore. Here, they represent an attitude of relaxation and calmness. The woman in the front lay down and faces the viewers by her back, and the women sitting close to her seems to chat with her. The entire tone of this painting is joyous, which gives a sense of good life that people here are both happy and pleasurable, living the good life. For my understanding, this painting is not extravagant or physically luxurious, but the luxurious treasure here is the relaxation itself. Sometimes people are too busy to live a good life, but in this painting people just return to their simplest life and find out their own good life.

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